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Science teach stops leading prayer in New Hampshire high school (April 16, 2018)

8/16/2018 · Where: Milford High School in Milford. Violation: A science teacher had been guiding her students in prayer. Outcome: On April 16, Superintendent Robert Marquis reported to FFRF that the principal reiterated the seriousness of the accusation to the teacher and reminded her to refrain from having … More »

Alabama school cancels prayer service (August 6, 2018)

8/6/2018 · FFRF has put a stop to a community prayer service planned on Randolph County, Ala., school system grounds. Woodland High School and Woodland Elementary School planned on hosting a “community prayer service” on Aug. 5. A Facebook post by a counselor at Woodland High … More »

Georgia removes cross from county property (August 6, 2018)

8/6/2018 · FFRF has ensured the removal of a Latin cross display from the property of Catoosa County (Ga.) Fire Station No. 3. According to a complaint, a large cross was displayed on county property off of Highway US-41. The cross was clearly visible from the … More »

FFRF and Parkersburg residents sue to stop City Council Prayer

8/1/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and two local members filed suit on July 31, 2018, against the City of Parkersburg, W.Va., in a challenge to the City Council’s practice of reciting the “Lord’s Prayer” at each meeting. Parkersburg residents Eric Engle and Daryl Cobranchi assert … More »

City ends Day of Prayer sponsorship (July 31, 2018)

7/31/2018 · FFRF has persuaded the city of North Miami Beach, Fla., to cease its sponsorship of National Day of Prayer events. FFRF’s Patrick O’Reiley Legal Fellow Christopher Line sent a letter to the mayor of North Miami Beach on June 26, illuminating the unconstitutionality of the … More »

Religious activity halted in Ohio courthouse (July 30, 2018)

7/30/2018 · FFRF applauds a Knox County, Ohio, judge for halting religious activity in his courtroom after its unconstitutionality was called to his attention. FFRF received a report from a concerned Mount Vernon citizen that Judge Richard Wetzel regularly invited a prayer group to use the courthouse … More »

South Carolina school moves prayer breakfast (July 30, 2018)

7/30/2018 · FFRF has stopped a South Carolina public school district from hosting prayer services on school grounds. Clinton High School and Clinton Middle School in the Laurens County School District recently hosted a week-long event titled, “40th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast.” The religious programming at … More »

FFRF gets ‘spirituality’ off foster parent video (July 23, 2018)

7/23/2018 · FFRF has persuaded a Tennessee state department to end its promotion of belief in a god. FFRF wrote to the state’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) warning it against endorsing religion to those wishing to become foster parents. A concerned Tennessee resident who had gone through … More »

Louisiana sheriff removes commandments display (July 23, 2018)

7/23/2018 · A resident of Washington Parish, La., contacted FFRF to report an unconstitutional Ten Commandments display in the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office reportedly displayed the commandments on two, hand carved wooden tablets in the waiting area. On Jan. 22, FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick C. … More »

Wisconsin school to stop hosting Christian speaker (July 19, 2018)

7/19/2018 · A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that Chequamegon High School, Wis., hosted motivational speaker Kristen Anderson during the school day on March 12. FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne wrote to Superintendent Mark Weddig to report that Anderson’s presentation on mental health culminated … More »

Texas school stops religious art project (July 18, 2018)

7/18/2018 · FFRF has ensured that one Texas school district will no longer ask students to decorate their own school with crosses. A concerned district community member contacted FFRF to report that students at West Oso High School appear to have been given an assignment through … More »

Tennessee school ends baccalaureate promotion (July 18, 2018)

7/18/2018 · FFRF has reminded a Tennessee public school that promoting religious services to students is unconstitutional. A concerned area resident of Roane County, Tenn., notified FFRF that Roane County Schools advertises and promotes baccalaureate services for all of its high schools. On May 17, FFRF … More »

Illinois school chorus ends church performances (July 12, 2018)

7/12/2018 · FFRF has successfully harmonized an Illinois public high school chorus with the Constitution. Earlier this year, FFRF was informed that a public school madrigal chorus at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, Ill., performed at a Catholic church in Manhattan in December. The concert … More »

Cross removed from sign in California (July 6, 2018)

7/6/2018 · FFRF has taken action to keep religion out of a California city’s public park. A concerned resident of Avalon, Calif., notified FFRF that the city had placed a sign on display in Avalon Veterans Memorial Park that features a Latin cross. On June 11, … More »

Tennessee district stops assembly proselytizing (July 6, 2018)

7/6/2018 · FFRF has convinced a Tennessee school district to implement a corrective plan barring proselytizing assemblies from taking place. A concerned student of the Oneida High School in Huntsville, Tenn., reported to FFRF that the school had allowed a local pastor to preach and evangelize to … More »

Ohio police won’t endorse religious service (July 5, 2018)

7/5/2018 · FFRF has ensured the Columbus Division of Police (CDP) will no longer request department employees attend religious worship services. A concerned employee of the Ohio police department contacted FFRF to report that Deputy Chief Michael Woods emailed all CDP personnel requesting that CDP employees … More »

Choir performances will not be held in a church (June 29, 2018)

6/29/2018 · A concerned resident alerted FFRF to a constitutional violation at a high school in Canal Fulton, Ohio. A joint concert between the Northwest High School choir and the Central Presbyterian Church choir, which took place at a church and included religious music, was described by … More »

School Board member won't promote her religious beliefs to students and staff (June 26, 2018)

6/26/2018 · A concerned resident reported to FFRF that a Dekalb County School Board member had been using her position to promote her religious beliefs to students and staff, including religious remarks she made at the 2017 Arabia Mountain High School graduation ceremony and the 2017 … More »

High school won't promote baccalaureate service (June 21, 2018)

6/21/2018 · A concerned Ohio resident has reported that Shelby High School in Shelby, Ohio, had been advertising and promoting a baccalaureate service as part of its graduation events. An advertisement for the baccalaureate service, which typically includes prayer or worship, was published on the front … More »

Christian commencement handouts stopped at high school (June 21, 2018)

6/21/2018 · FFRF has stopped Christian commencement handouts at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, Ohio. FFRF’s Christopher Line wrote to Keith Countryman, superintendent of Hicksville Exempted Village School, on May 31 to issue a complaint about a religious packet distributed to students during the high school’s … More »

Ohio city moves cross off city property (June 19, 2018)

6/19/2018 · At FFRF’s behest, the city of Cambridge, Ohio, has moved a Christian cross off of city property. On Aug. 11, 2017, FFRF Legal Fellow Christopher Line wrote to Cambridge Mayor Thomas Orr to request that a Christian cross be moved off city property. The … More »

FFRF gets Florida school to address violation (June 19, 2018)

6/19/2018 · FFRF has ensured that a Florida public school will not continue to distribute bibles to students. FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel wrote on Sept. 1, 2017, to Richard Shirley, superintendent of Sumter County School District in Bushnell, Fla., regarding an incident which occurred on Oct. 19, … More »

Latin cross and Christian flag taken down from school (June 19, 2018)

6/19/2018 · A parent of a student at Mesquite Independent School District in Mesquite, Texas, notified FFRF that a student choir performed on a stage in front of a large Latin cross, adjacent to a Christian flag on a pole with a cross on top. The … More »

Christian worship band won't perform at city-sponsored events anymore (June 19, 2018)

6/19/2018 · FFRF reminded a Colorado city mayor that scheduling a Christian worship band to perform at city-sponsored events poses a serious violation of constitutional separation of state and church. On April 20, FFRF’s Christopher Line wrote Marc Williams, mayor of Arvada, Co., about the city’s … More »

Texas school stops bible distribution (June 11, 2018)

6/11/2018 · FFRF has put a stop to a Texas school district’s illegal distribution of bibles. On June 6, FFRF Associate Council Sam Grover wrote to Brian Nelson, general counsel for Corpus Christi Independent School District in Corpus Christi, Texas, to register a complaint regarding several … More »

FFRF puts an end to prayer at high school graduation ceremony (June 9, 2018)

6/9/2018 · FFRF has helped put an end to prayer at a Pennsylvania high school’s graduation ceremonies. A senior at Pottsville Area High School informed FFRF that a prayer was scheduled at the high school’s graduation ceremony, and that the school sponsored a baccalaureate ceremony during … More »

City removes church ad featuring police vehicle (June 8, 2018)

6/8/2018 · A concerned Tupelo, Miss., resident contacted FFRF to report that a Tupelo Police Department vehicle was featured in a recent advertisement for the Word of Life Church. The ad featured Pastor Tommy Galloway exiting a department vehicle, then quoting the bible as a “warning” … More »

Bible removed from school office in N.C. (June 7, 2018)

6/7/2018 · FFRF reminded Wayne Country Public Schools that the Establishment Clause prohibits public schools from promoting the Christian bible or taking any action that encourages students to read the bible. On Nov. 28, 2017, FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott wrote to Dr. Michael Dunsmore, superintendent of … More »

FFRF stops evangelizing Missouri baseball coach (June 7, 2018)

6/7/2018 · On May 30, FFRF Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin E. McNamara wrote to Aaron Zalis, superintendent of Rolla Public Schools in Rolla, Mo., to issue a complaint against Marty Hauck, coach of the Rolla High School baseball team. Hauck used his position as … More »

School board members won't conduct prayer at school functions (June 7, 2018)

6/7/2018 · After FFRF intervened, Wayne County Public Schools in Goldsboro, N.C., will not conduct prayers at school functions. On Nov. 22, 2017, FFRF Senior Council Patrick Elliott wrote to Wayne Country Public School Board Chairperson Don Christopher West to register a complaint regarding prayers at … More »

No more ‘testimony’ at Oklahoma football camp (July 7, 2018)

6/7/2018 · FFRF reminded an Oklahoma public school that proselytizing to student athletes is unconstitutional. On July 2, FFRF Patrick O’Reiley Legal Fellow Christopher Line wrote to Gore Public Schools Superintendent Lucky McCrary to request that the district not allow its football program members to be … More »

High School graduation ceremony won't have Christian prayers (June 6, 2018)

6/6/2018 · FFRF’s objection to an Illinois high school’s religious graduation ceremony has made certain that there won’t be any further imposition of religion in the district. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the Brimfield High School graduation ceremony on May 20 included two … More »

W. Va. football coach ends pregame prayers (June 6, 2018)

6/6/2018 · FFRF notified a West Virginia school district that it is illegal for public school athletic coaches to lead their teams in prayer or participate in student prayers. On May 31, FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott wrote to Superintendent of McDowell Country Schools Nelson Spencer to … More »

Kentucky school ends graduation prayer (June 4, 2018)

6/4/2018 · A concerned parent of a student at Crofton Elementary School in Hopkinsville, Ky., contacted FFRF to report that the school’s sixth-grade graduation on May 23 began with a Christian prayer delivered by a local minister. FFRF Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin McNamara wrote to … More »

New Mexico schools commit to neutrality (June 4, 2018)

6/4/2018 · FFRF has educated a New Mexico school district on its constitutional obligation to keep religion out of its public schools. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the 2018 Shiprock High School graduation ceremony began and ended with scheduled religious prayers. Students delivered the invocation … More »

Ohio school district to censor endorsements (June 1, 2018)

6/1/2018 · It was reported to FFRF that last August, New Philadelphia City Schools in Ohio organized a prayer event and promoted it on its official Facebook page. FFRF wrote on May 30 to ensure the district does not organize or promote religious events. FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

FFRF discovers hushed victory in district (June 1, 2018)

6/1/2018 · FFRF was pleased to recently discover a hidden victory for state-church separation in an eastern Texas school district. Back in 2014, FFRF was informed by a concerned community member of the Mt. Vernon Independent School District that the district was displaying several religious quotes on … More »

Colorado council allows nonreligious prayers (May 31, 2018)

5/31/2018 · FFRF has ensured that a Colorado city council will not discriminate against nonbelievers in its council meetings. FFRF was informed that the Monte Vista City Council decided at a council meeting earlier this spring that it would begin opening its meetings with prayer. Comments made … More »

LifeChurch expelled from Oklahoma school (May 29, 2018)

5/29/2018 · An Oklahoma public school has updated its policy to protect students from religious coercion, thanks to FFRF. A concerned parent within Owasso Public Schools in Owasso, Okla., informed FFRF that Owasso Seventh Grade Center was allowing representatives from LifeChurch, an evangelical church, to enter the … More »

Tennessee school stops state-church violations (May 29, 2018)

5/29/2018 · FFRF has put an end to multiple state-church violations within a Tennessee school district after receiving a couple of complaints regarding religious promotions. A Stone Memorial High School student reported to FFRF that the school — part of the Cumberland County School District in Crossville, … More »

FFRF and coalition sue to remove Arkansas Ten Commandments monument

5/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a coalition of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit on May 23, 2018, against Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin seeking the removal of a massive Ten Commandments structure from the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol. FFRF and its co-plaintiffs assert … More »

Virginia district stops mandated staff prayer (May 23, 2018)

5/23/2018 · FFRF has helped end mandatory staff meeting prayers within a school district in Luray, Va. An employee of Page County Public Schools informed FFRF that Superintendent Donna Whitley-Smith was including prayers during meetings that involved school administrators. During those meetings, meals were served and Whitley-Smith … More »

Teachers won't promote their personal religious beliefs (May 23, 2018)

5/23/2018 · FFRF ensured that employees within a Kansas school district will not be promoting their personal religious beliefs to students. On May 23, FFRF’s Christopher Line wrote to Khris Thexton, superintendent of Great Bend public school district in Great Bend, Kan., to issue a complaint … More »

Indiana school ends religious art projects (May 21, 2018)

5/21/2018 · FFRF has ensured that all lessons being taught at an Indiana elementary school will be free of religious ideology. Earlier this spring, FFRF sent a letter to the School City of Mishawaka district after a concerned parent contacted the state-church watchdog to report that a … More »

FFRF stops outside proselytizers in schools (May 17, 2018)

5/17/2018 · FFRF has ended unconstitutional religious promotion within a Chicago suburb school district. A concerned community member of Community Consolidated School District 15 reported to FFRF that the district allows outside adults to engage in one-on-one meetings with students at several district elementary schools, usually during … More »

Police Department in Missouri removes religious decal (April 23, 2018)

4/23/2018 · Where: Viburnum Police Department. Violation: The department placed a bumper sticker on a government patrol car reading, “2 Chronicles 7:14.” Outcome: The city responded on April 23 informing FFRF that the department had removed the sticker. FFRF attorney who handled the case: Patrick Elliott. … More »

Bible verse removed from Missouri patrol car (April 23, 2018)

4/23/2018 · Where: Viburnum Police Department. Violation: The department placed a bumper sticker on a government patrol car reading, “2 Chronicles 7:14.” Outcome: The city responded on April 23 informing FFRF that the department had removed the sticker. FFRF attorney who handled the case: Patrick Elliott. … More »

Basketball coaches won't institute team prayers (April 20, 2018)

4/20/2018 · Where: Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh. Violation: The boys basketball coaches had instituted team prayers. Outcome: An attorney representing Wake County Public Schools responded to FFRF on April 20, writing that it addressed the violation. FFRF attorney who handled the case: Patrick Elliott. … More »

Boys basketball coaches won't pray with students (April 20, 2018)

4/20/2018 · Where: Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh. Violation: The boys basketball coaches had instituted team prayers. Outcome: An attorney representing Wake County Public Schools responded to FFRF on April 20, writing that it addressed the violation. FFRF attorney who handled the case: Patrick Elliott. … More »

Basketball coaches won't pray with students in Kentucky (April 17, 2018)

4/17/2018 · Where: East Carter and West Carter high schools. Violation: Basketball coaches from both schools joined hands in a prayer circle with their teams and cheerleaders after a basketball game. An image of the two teams praying with their coaches was posted on the West Carter … More »

Alabama kindergarten teacher won't lead class in prayer (April 17, 2018)

4/17/2018 · Where: Snow Rogers Elementary School in Birmingham. Violation: A kindergarten teacher led her class in prayer. Outcome: An attorney representing the district responded on April 17 to assure FFRF that the principal had discussed the situation with the teacher and that there would not be a … More »

Kindergarten teacher in Alabama won't lead her class in prayer (April 17, 2018)

4/17/2018 · Where: Snow Rogers Elementary School in Birmingham. Violation: A kindergarten teacher led her class in prayer. Outcome: An attorney representing the district responded on April 17 to assure FFRF that the principal had discussed the situation with the teacher and that there would not be a … More »

Kentucky basketball coaches won't join prayer circle (April 17, 2018)

4/17/2018 · Where: East Carter and West Carter high schools. Violation: Basketball coaches from both schools joined hands in a prayer circle with their teams and cheerleaders after a basketball game. An image of the two teams praying with their coaches was posted on the West Carter … More »

New Hampshire science teacher won't guide students in prayer (April 16, 2018)

4/16/2018 · Where: Milford High School in Milford. Violation: A science teacher had been guiding her students in prayer. Outcome: On April 16, Superintendent Robert Marquis reported to FFRF that the principal reiterated the seriousness of the accusation to the teacher and reminded her to refrain from having … More »

Guest speaker won't return to proselytize in Missouri high school (April 11, 2018)

4/11/2018 · Where: Bolivar High School. Violation: The high school had invited Bob Holmes to give a presentation to its student body during school hours at the school. Holmes took several opportunities to preach his Christian faith to the students. He was also accompanied by representatives of … More »

Sign that advertises church services on school property taken down in Colorado (April 11, 2018)

4/11/2018 · Where: North Arvada Middle School in Golden. Violation: The school, which rents its auditorium to a local church on Sundays, posted a sign that stayed up throughout the school week on its property that advertises the church’s services. Outcome: The district responded on April 11, assuring … More »

Religious signs won't be posted in Colorado school (April 11, 2018)

4/11/2018 · Where: North Arvada Middle School in Golden. Violation: The school, which rents its auditorium to a local church on Sundays, posted a sign that stayed up throughout the school week on its property that advertises the church’s services. Outcome: The district responded on April 11, assuring … More »

Preacher won't have access to students in Missouri school (April 11, 2018)

4/11/2018 · Where: Bolivar High School. Violation: The high school had invited Bob Holmes to give a presentation to its student body during school hours at the school. Holmes took several opportunities to preach his Christian faith to the students. He was also accompanied by representatives of … More »

Illinois school will not hand out creationist flyers to elementary students (April 5, 2018)

4/5/2018 · Where: Central Grade School in Effingham. Violation: Effingham Community School Board President Jeff Michael arranged for Christ’s Church, where he is a pastor, to give a presentation about dinosaurs to students. Elementary-aged students were handed flyers promoting a weekend event, a presentation was hosted by … More »

Prayers during pep rallies would end and at Arkansas school (April 5, 2018)

4/5/2018 · Where: Crossett High School in Crossett. Violation: School staff had been scheduling prayer as a part of the annual pre-homecoming pep rally. School faculty were also involved in “See You at the Pole,” a Christian-oriented prayer rally. Outcome: A legal representative of the district responded on … More »

Multiple violations ended at Arkansas school (April 5, 2018)

4/5/2018 · Where: Crossett High School in Crossett. Violation: School staff had been scheduling prayer as a part of the annual pre-homecoming pep rally. School faculty were also involved in “See You at the Pole,” a Christian-oriented prayer rally. Outcome: A legal representative of the district responded on … More »

Illinois school won't allow creationist flyers (April 5, 2018)

4/5/2018 · Where: Central Grade School in Effingham. Violation: Effingham Community School Board President Jeff Michael arranged for Christ’s Church, where he is a pastor, to give a presentation about dinosaurs to students. Elementary-aged students were handed flyers promoting a weekend event, a presentation was hosted by … More »

Religious structures removed from public property (April 3, 2018)

4/3/2018 · A concerned area resident reported to FFRF that each year during the holiday season, the city of Dover, Ohio, was displaying a nativity scene along with a large Latin cross on city property. FFRF was also informed that there is a Ten Commandments monument that … More »

Christian missionary group won't wash feet of students (April 3, 2018)

4/3/2018 · Where: Rose Garden Elementary in Schertz. Violation: The school had scheduled an event where the Christian missionary group Samaritan’s Foot would give shoes and socks to students and then wash the students’ feet. Outcome: On April 3, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD responded, informing FFRF that the … More »

Christian missionary group won't have access to students (April 3, 2018)

4/3/2018 · Where: Rose Garden Elementary in Schertz. Violation: The school had scheduled an event where the Christian missionary group Samaritan’s Foot would give shoes and socks to students and then wash the students’ feet. Outcome: On April 3, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD responded, informing FFRF that the … More »

Structures removed from city property (April 3, 2018)

4/3/2018 · A concerned area resident reported to FFRF that each year during the holiday season, the city of Dover, Ohio, was displaying a nativity scene along with a large Latin cross on city property. FFRF was also informed that there is a Ten Commandments monument that … More »

High school still stop broadcasting prayer during morning announcements (March 29, 2018)

3/29/2018 · Where: Wayne County High School. Violation: The high school was broadcasting prayer over its public announcement system to students during the morning announcements. Outcome: Superintendent Marlon Davis responded to FFRF to inform it that the principal of Wayne County High School has been directed to cease … More »

Tennessee high school won't broadcast prayer over PA (March 29, 2018)

3/29/2018 · Where: Wayne County High School. Violation: The high school was broadcasting prayer over its public announcement system to students during the morning announcements. Outcome: Superintendent Marlon Davis responded to FFRF to inform it that the principal of Wayne County High School has been directed to cease … More »

Group washed away Christian org from school (March 28, 2018)

3/28/2018 · FFRF initially wrote in early March to Indian Creek School District about a March 19 event at Hills Elementary School in Wintersville, Ohio, where representatives from Samaritan’s Feet were scheduled to give shoes and socks to students and then wash the students’ feet. The washing … More »

Illinois coaches won't participate in prayers (March 27, 2018)

3/27/2018 · Where: Okaw Valley High School. Violation: Coaches of the high school basketball team were participating in prayers with their students. Outcome: “We have shared your concern with the athletic director,” Superintendent Kent Stauder wrote to FFRF in response. “We reinforced that this type of activity could … More »

High school basketball coaches won't pray with students (March 27, 2018)

3/27/2018 · Where: Okaw Valley High School. Violation: Coaches of the high school basketball team were participating in prayers with their students. Outcome: “We have shared your concern with the athletic director,” Superintendent Kent Stauder wrote to FFRF in response. “We reinforced that this type of activity could … More »

Preacher won't be allowed to lead public school students in prayer (March 23, 2018)

3/23/2018 · Where: Woodbine Elementary School in Kingsland. Violation: A Black History Month assembly held for students at Woodbine Elementary School in Kingsland, Ga., this February opened with a preacher leading the children in prayer. The preacher had been introduced by the school principal. Outcome: On March 23, … More »

Preacher will not longer lead children in prayer in Georgia (March 23, 2018)

3/23/2018 · Where: Woodbine Elementary School in Kingsland. Violation: A Black History Month assembly held for students at Woodbine Elementary School in Kingsland, Ga., this February opened with a preacher leading the children in prayer. The preacher had been introduced by the school principal. Outcome: On March 23, … More »

FFRF gets partial win in school nativity case (March 23, 2018)

3/23/2018 · An appeals court decision by a three-judge panel on March 23 in a crucial FFRF Indiana case is a partial victory for our secular Constitution. Each December, for nearly half a century, the Performing Arts Department of Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind., staged several … More »

No more coach prayers (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · An Ohio high school basketball coach will no longer be leading his team in pre-game prayers thanks to FFRF. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Unioto High School basketball coach Matt Hoops was leading his team in prayer before games. An article in a … More »

Florida police department takes down religious ad on social media (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · Where: Cape Coral Police Department. Violation: A story titled “When God created police officers” was posted to the department’s Facebook page. The fictitious story described a conversation between “the lord” and an angel and was meant to mimic the biblical creation story portrayed in the … More »

Alabama school halts prayers before assemblies and ceremonies (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · Where: West Point High School in Cullman. Violation: The school was scheduling prayers before assemblies and ceremonies. The prayers were typically led by the principal or student. Outcome: Superintendent Shane Barnette responded on March 22, informing FFRF that he discussed the issues with the responsible staff … More »

Alabama school stops scheduling prayers before assemblies and ceremonies (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · Where: West Point High School in Cullman. Violation: The school was scheduling prayers before assemblies and ceremonies. The prayers were typically led by the principal or student. Outcome: Superintendent Shane Barnette responded on March 22, informing FFRF that he discussed the issues with the responsible staff … More »

Florida police department takes down religious social media post (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · Where: Cape Coral Police Department. Violation: A story titled “When God created police officers” was posted to the department’s Facebook page. The fictitious story described a conversation between “the lord” and an angel and was meant to mimic the biblical creation story portrayed in the … More »

No more coach prayers (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · An Ohio high school basketball coach will no longer be leading his team in pre-game prayers thanks to FFRF. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Unioto High School basketball coach Matt Hoops was leading his team in prayer before games. An article in a … More »

Football coach won't be leading his team in prayer in Ohio (March 21, 2018)

3/21/2018 · FFRF has also ended unconstitutional prayers in the Sidney, Ohio, school district. After receiving multiple complaints that Sidney City Schools was regularly scheduling and promoting prayer at school-sponsored events and activities, FFRF took action to end the violations. It was reported that the district’s football coach … More »

Texas teachers will end prayer practice (March 21, 2018)

3/21/2018 · Where: Leadership Academy in Tyler. Violation: Teachers within the school had established a prayer practice that was taking place each day before lunch. Allegedly, every day a teacher was selecting a student to lead the prayer or else a teacher was leading the prayer. Outcome: On … More »

Prayer practice before lunch ended in Texas (March 21, 2018)

3/21/2018 · Where: Leadership Academy in Tyler. Violation: Teachers within the school had established a prayer practice that was taking place each day before lunch. Allegedly, every day a teacher was selecting a student to lead the prayer or else a teacher was leading the prayer. Outcome: On … More »

Texas schools halts Bible reading during the morning announcements (March 20, 2018)

3/20/2018 · Where: Houston Independent School District. Violation: The principal of the district’s Energized for STEM Academy adopted a policy of including a bible reading during the morning announcements each day. The chosen bible passages were read directly by either the principal or another school employee over … More »

Bible reading stopped in Texas school (March 20, 2018)

3/20/2018 · Where: Houston Independent School District. Violation: The principal of the district’s Energized for STEM Academy adopted a policy of including a bible reading during the morning announcements each day. The chosen bible passages were read directly by either the principal or another school employee over … More »

Evangelism ends at Ohio School (March 16, 2018)

3/16/2018 · The Indian Creek School District also will not be imposing religion on its students after FFRF received a report on a serious First Amendment violation. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Indian Creek Middle School had been allowing a local pastor onto its campus … More »

Washing of feet ceremony even cancelled (March 16, 2018)

3/16/2018 · FFRF initially wrote in early March to Indian Creek School District about a March 19 event at Hills Elementary School in Wintersville, Ohio, where representatives from Samaritan’s Feet were scheduled to give shoes and socks to students and then wash the students’ feet. The washing … More »

Evangelism ends in middle school (March 16, 2018)

3/16/2018 · The Indian Creek School District also will not be imposing religion on its students after FFRF received a report on a serious First Amendment violation. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Indian Creek Middle School had been allowing a local pastor onto its campus … More »

Prayer exterminated in Ohio (March 21, 2018)

3/16/2018 · FFRF have ended unconstitutional prayers in the Sidney, Ohio, school district. After receiving multiple complaints that Sidney City Schools was regularly scheduling and promoting prayer at school-sponsored events and activities, FFRF took action to end the violations. It was reported that the district’s football coach had … More »

FFRF Sues Kentucky Jail for Records Related to “Night of Prayer”

3/14/2018 · FFRF is suing a Kentucky county jail for failing to comply with the Kentucky Open Records Act. On October 6, 2017, FFRF requested records from Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley related to a "Night of Prayer" held at Laurel County Correctional Center (LCCC) on August … More »

Wyoming teachers will avoid involvement in team prayer (March 14, 2018)

3/14/2018 · Where: Star Valley and Green River high schools. Violation: Football coaches from both teams knelt with students in the field and prayed for injured players. Outcome: A legal representative of the district responded on March 14, informing FFRF that all coaches in the district were reminded … More »

School in Kentucky reminded that team prayer must voluntary and student-led (March 14, 2018)

3/14/2018 · Where: University of Louisville. Violation: The women’s basketball coach, Jeff Waltz, was leading his players in the Lord’s Prayer. Outcome: On March 14, the university responded assuring FFRF that the coaches and staff had been reminded that team prayer must be voluntary and student-led. FFRF attorney who … More »

Basketball coach in Kentucky won't lead players in prayer (March 14, 2018)

3/14/2018 · Where: University of Louisville. Violation: The women’s basketball coach, Jeff Waltz, was leading his players in the Lord’s Prayer. Outcome: On March 14, the university responded assuring FFRF that the coaches and staff had been reminded that team prayer must be voluntary and student-led. FFRF attorney who … More »

Football coaches won't kneel in prayer with Wyoming students (March 14, 2018)

3/14/2018 · Where: Star Valley and Green River high schools. Violation: Football coaches from both teams knelt with students in the field and prayed for injured players. Outcome: A legal representative of the district responded on March 14, informing FFRF that all coaches in the district were reminded … More »

Kindergarten teacher in Georgia won't proselytize to students (March 12, 2018)

3/12/2018 · Where: Youth Elementary School in Monroe. Violation: A kindergarten teacher had been teaching her students that God lives up in heaven, that Christmas is God’s birthday and that Jesus is the boss of everybody. Outcome: Superintendent Nathan Franklin responded to FFRF on March 12, writing that … More »

Kindergarten teacher in Georgia won't proselytize to students (March 12, 2018)

3/12/2018 · Where: Youth Elementary School in Monroe. Violation: A kindergarten teacher had been teaching her students that God lives up in heaven, that Christmas is God’s birthday and that Jesus is the boss of everybody. Outcome: Superintendent Nathan Franklin responded to FFRF on March 12, writing that … More »

Religious plaque removed from courthouse (March 6, 2018)

3/6/2018 · After hearing from FFRF, a Minnesota county on March 5 removed a Ten Commandments plaque that was long on display in one of its courthouses. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Saint Louis County was prominently displaying a plaque that contained the Ten Commandments … More »

Assembly not required: Prayers ended in school (March 5, 2018)

3/5/2018 · FFRF has remedied unconstitutional Christian proselytization at a South Carolina high school. In December, Fox Creek High School in Columbia, S.C., held an assembly for all boys in the school in response to vandalism incidents. A school janitorial staff member — who is also a … More »

Religious plaque removed from courthouse (March 5, 2018)

3/5/2018 · After hearing from FFRF, a Minnesota county on March 5 removed a Ten Commandments plaque that was long on display in one of its courthouses. It was brought to FFRF's attention that Saint Louis County was prominently displaying a plaque that contained the Ten Commandments … More »

FFRF gets school to run away from prayer walk (February 28, 2018)

2/28/2018 · After a concerned parent contacted FFRF about religious promotion at a school in Mendenhall, Miss., action was taken to remedy the violation. It was reported that the principal of Mendenhall Jr. High School used a recorded message before the start of the school year to … More »

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